Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Psychological Mystery

Yvonne, a fifty-year-old geneticist, is in the dock charged with being a co-conspirator in murder. She's married to a good man, has two grown children, and is at the top of her profession: how did she get here? A casual sexual encounter turns into an affair and the affair changes her life.

I thought at first it was incredible that a woman like Yvonne would have casual sex with someone whose name she didn't even know, but the author was clever. Revealing her history over the course of a few chapters, it no longer seemed like such a stretch. That's the beauty of this novel. By giving the psychological history of the characters, the author makes us believe in events that seem quite foreign.

I did have a complaint with the detection methods. If you're an avid mystery or thriller reader, you'll see several flaws in the narrative that immediately derail the story. However, if you can accept that the detection was done to the standard of the time, you'll find the outcome surprising and quite believable.

I enjoyed this novel. I thought I wouldn't because the sexual adventures seemed so out of character for the protagonist. However, the author buys you in and the ending is quite surprising. I recommend this book if you like well written psychological mysteries.

I reviewed this book for the Amazon Vine Program.